There’s nothing more beautiful than seeing a person once trapped in the darkness and bondage of sin repent and surrender their lives to Jesus.
One ministry is on the frontlines of the spiritual battle to transform lives and is literally going “behind bars” to reach inmates with the love and truth of Jesus Christ.
And once you hear about this incredible ministry and the lives that have been saved – you’re bound to be inspired.
The prison ministry is called God Behind Bars and their mission statement says:
“It’s our goal that every inmate would experience the love of Christ. By partnering with local churches all over the country, we provide dynamic live worship experiences, messages of hope and restoration, opportunities for recovery from addiction, resources for re-entry into society, and ongoing support after release.
Prison is a dark place. Let’s shine the light of Jesus and make a difference behind bars!”
What a beautiful and selfless mission.
So many people are quick to overlook those in prison and label them all as “criminals” who are simply doing their time.
Instead of ministering to them – they are often shunned or looked down upon.
But God has not forgotten them and we should not either.
While those in prison may have committed a crime – we are called to love them – and expose them to the healing light of Jesus.
Sometimes we think people are “too bad” or “too far gone” to ever change.
But Jesus died for the thief on the cross just the same as He did for the old lady at church who’s been saved since 6-years-old.
And before you dismiss the idea of prison ministry work – think about the field.
Prisons are full of lonely people who are trapped – and have plenty of time to spend with their own thoughts (and read the Bible).
And it’s often when everything is lost and stripped away that people can fully see their need for a Redeemer – which is why so many people in prison end up accepting Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.
Most recently, God Behind Bars reports of their work at a women’s prison in Denver – where 265 females gave their lives to Christ and were baptized!
CBN News reports:
“Most recently, a group of 265 female inmates were baptized at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility. Many of the women gave their lives to Jesus and were baptized at that moment.
“I felt surrounded by family and that’s what made the experience significant and meaningful,” one inmate shared.”
What an amazing testimony to the power of Jesus to change lives!
265 women who were slaves to sin have been set free and can now go on to tell others about Jesus.
Let us pray for all of those working in the prison ministry – it’s a tough field – but when God allows us to see the fruits of their labor – it truly is a testament to His redemptive power.
What are some ways you can personally minister to those in prison?
Will you commit to pray for those working on the frontlines doing prison ministry work?
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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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